Garden Club Greets Gourd Lady

Garden Club Greets Gourd Lady

Lisa Petrosky of Clifton Forge talked gourds at the November meeting of the Natural Bridge Garden Club. She said when she harvested her first crop of gourds a few years ago, she was astonished that 2,000 of the hard-shelled ornamental seeds managed to mature and grow. As she explained to members of club, her intent was to decorate, not eat, the oddly shaped fruit. Today the artist sells her “beautiful art from the earth” at numerous fairs and shows. Here she holds a beaded Caribbean percussion instrument called a Yoruban shekere, which was a collaborative effort with her husband. Each month, garden club members can submit exhibits for judging. For November, members brought displays featuring table settings designed to reflect the theme “To Grandmother’s House We Go.” Having a home garden is not a requirement of membership. NBGC meets monthly and is accepting new members. For additional information, call Judith Wycoff at 261-2152 or Irene Condie at 261-3888.